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Hantavirus Surveillance June 2018

District laboratory staff conducted a rodent survey for hantavirus with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) staff on June 4-5, 2018 in La Honda. Peromyscus truei (pinyon mice) and Peromyscus californicus (parasitic mice) were trapped and blood samples were taken for testing. Kidney samples from any mice with positive blood samples will also be tested by the CDPH to be used for a study of the geographical distribution of different hantavirus strains in California. Twenty-seven Peromyscus truei and seven Peromyscus californicus were captured during the rodent survey. Results are currently pending.

Two pairs of gloved hands - one pair of purple gloves and one pair of blue gloves) hold a small brown mouse and use tweezers to remove tiny parasites
A Peromyscus mouse has ectoparasite removed during sampling
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